The sparkling actress of Pakistani Silver Screen, Musarrat Nazir’s 79th birth anniversary is being observed today (Sunday).
She is a Canadian-Pakistani singer and film actress, who acted in many Urdu and Punjabi films.
She, many years later, also sang solo, mostly wedding and folk songs.
Early in her life, her parents wanted her to be a doctor, and provided her with the best possible education they could afford.
She had keen interest in music and began singing for Radio Pakistan in the early 1950s.
However, insufficient money from the radio took her to the film director, Anwar Kamal Pasha in 1955.
She explained to Pasha about her strong desire to sing for the movies. Instead, Pasha suggested to her to become an actress.
Musarrat needed her parents’ approval. Pasha himself met Musarrat’s father and convinced him to allow his daughter to work in the movie industry as a singer and actress.
Anwar Kamal Pasha changed Musarrat’s name to Chandani and signed her up for a side role in his movie.
Hence, Chandani made her debut with Sabiha Khanum and Nayyar Sultana in Pasha’s film Qatil in 1955. Her role was secondary but effective.
She played the lead role opposite Santosh Kumar in Pattan. The producer was Sheikh Lateef and the film was directed by Luqman.
The film Pattan opened the doors for Musarrat in the Punjabi film industry, which led her to the all-time hit film Patay Khan in 1955.
After her marriage, Musarrat Nazir gave up her film career that was then at its peak for her would-be husband and agreed to move to Canada with him.
Musarrat Nazir and Arshad Majeed wanted to return to Pakistan and settle in Lahore in the late 1970s.
Arshad Majeed wanted to set up a hospital in Lahore and they had gone ahead and bought a home there for this purpose which they still own and maintained in 2005.